The elegant parlor palm is a small evergreen palm that’s a favorite for interiorscape as well as tropical and subtropical landscapes. It is native to the rainforests of Mexico, Guatemala and Belize, but sadly it’s rare in the wild due to deforestation and over-collecting.
The pinnate fronds of this palm are light to medium green and, or feather-like, with narrow leaflets. They are held upright but gracefully arch downwards. In the warmth of late spring, tiny yellow flowers are borne on a branched stem that reach just beyond the fronds. The plants are dioecious, which means individual plants have either male flowers or female, never both. When the flowers start to wane, the stems become orange, and the female plants produce lots of small, round, black fruits.
Parlor palm performs poorly in direct sunlight, growing best in shady or partly shady conditions. Provide it with well-drained, humus-rich soil that is not highly alkaline. It is among the most popular palms worldwide for houseplant culture. In frost-free climates, it makes a nice small accent palm for shady borders under larger trees, or as a foundation plant. It can also makes a fine patio plant.